Orlando has a really nice selection of Vietnamese restaurants in the Mills 50 District. That's good since Vietnamese food is generally really tasty. Once outside Mills 50, Vietnamese food gets a bit harder to find. I can only think of a couple Vietnamese restaurants in Seminole county, so I was happy when I saw that a new restaurant had opened in Altamonte Springs called Viet-House.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
This little fast food gyro place near the fairgrounds in Pine Hills seems to be popular with postal workers. The restaurant was filled with mostly mail carriers on their lunch breaks when I visited.I ordered a gyro, filled with sliced lamb, lettuce, tomato, onion, and tazitiki. The sandwich was really tasty and they were generous with the toppings.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Brickhouse Tavern and Tap is one of the newer restaurants on International Drive near the convention center. This place was definitely a chain, but this is the only Brickhouse I've ever come across. The restaurant is modern looking inside with long couch-like booths leading up to a large fireplace. The clean design of the restaurant was sort of offset with the multitude of TVs hanging overhead all playing the fishing channel, but let's talk about the food instead of poorly placed TVs.
I had the Italian sausage hoagie. This was a good sized sandwich, stuffed with sausage, peppers, onions, spicy tomato sauce, and topped with cheese. Tator tots were served as a side. For the most part, the sandwich tasted good although I did have an issue with the bread. The bread was really soft and mushy, similar to a hot dog bun. So much so that the bread got soggy really quickly from the sauce on the sandwich. The soggy roll fell apart when I tried picking up the sandwich, thus defeating the normal sandwich eating method. The rest of the hoagie was good, but the bread was bad.
Someone else at the table ordered chicken & waffles. Perhaps this would have been a better choice!
Friday, June 15, 2012
Late one night I was driving along University Boulevard in Winter Park and noticed a food truck called Asia Skewers sitting in the parking lot of a Citgo gas station. Suddenly my mind was filled with memories of exploring Flushing's Chinatown and getting skewers of delicious meat from the Xinjiang BBQ Carts. I quickly turned around and pulled in to try Orlando's version of Asian meat on sticks.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Yesterday was National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. I couldn't find how or why June 12 was assigned to peanut butter cookies, or why it is only national rather than international, but the holiday is a good reason to eat a cookie. I happened to be at Disney's Boardwalk Hotel and decided to find a peanut butter cookie to celebrate.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Deerfield Umberto's. The grandma slice was my favorite of the two. Although the slices were okay, they did have a somewhat burnt taste. I think Umberto's needed to desperately clean their ovens.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Macarons, not to be confused with macaroons, are a type of French cookies that were completely new to me. I always knew macaroons as those coconut cookies that seem to cross all cultural boundaries, found everywhere from Kosher food stores to Vietnamese markets to Latin-American markets. It seems like the whole world loves those little mounds of coconut, so when I first heard about French macarons from Droolius at a Foodspotting dinner, I assumed these were the same type of cookie. Apparently the difference is more than one less 'o' in the name...
I tried several flavors and the Pistachio, Basil & White Chocolate, and Raspberry macarons were my favorites. The cookies had a crispy outer shell surrounding a gooey inside that almost reminded me of marzipan. These were definitely some tasty little cookies and were not that macaroons that I've known. With all the different flavors that were offered, I really wanted to try more but $1.80 per cookie is a bit pricy to go crazy. Perhaps another visit is eventually necessary...
At $1.80 each the macarons were a bit expensive for the small size of the pastry. Regardless, I got a box of six macarons. Picking out the flavors got a little weird though when the grumpy employee helping us interrupted filling our box to offer her friend that had walked in after us a free sample of a macaron. Besides being a little sour that we didn't get offered any free cookies, our macarons were soon taken home to be tasted.